More money for struggling US farmers

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The United States is to purchase a further $1.5bn (£1.1bn) worth of food from farmers to distribute to struggling families.

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a fifth round of the programme, which in total will contributed some 132 million food boxes to families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This new round of Farmers to Families Food Boxes will go a long way in helping American families access nutritious and healthy meals as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mr Perdue.

“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, we have helped tens of millions of families and countless farmers with this programme.

“President Trump has committed to helping the American people recover and rebuild and this programme helps American families get back on solid ground by ensuring they receive the nutritious food they need during these difficult times.”

So far the programme has distributed more than 3.3 billion meals to families throughout America, with the cash spent on much of the food directly benefitting small farmers.

The additional funding for the programme was approved on December 21.

The food boxes include fresh produce, dairy products such as milk, and meat and seafood.

The programme began in May last year and has involved more than 240 organisations in the distributing of the food boxes.

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